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What is a tui?

What is a tui?
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 400, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 1:30
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What to look for The best way of seeing a tui is to shoot it, with a Canon (or any other camera, of course) so that you can study the ever-changing colour of its plumage. Depending on the light, the tuiís appearance varies from steely inky blue to deep browns. It was once known as the Parson bird because of the layer of white fine feathers that surround its neck and shoulders, and are buttoned up, so to speak, with a brilliant white tuft in the front like a predominant Adams apple.

The tui is larger than a blackbird, and has a bit of a reputation as a territorial bully at times. It is often seen at the top of the highest tree observing its territory, chortling merrily, before giving chase to an unsuspecting neighbour or friend.

They appear fearless in their games of chase with one another, speeding and taking tight turns with whirring wings through trees and shrubs.


Camera: Canon 1D Mklll
Time of day: 07:51 a.m.
Date: 2nd January 2009
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/300
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 400
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
A great shot of this Tui with great detail in the plumage.
You can see here how they get that red pollen on their heads.
This one has its head stuck right inside that flax flower.
Nice work.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-19 5:38]

Hi Pam,
I liked the composition here with those lovely flowers and as you mentioned the strange colors of the bird. One may not see the birds face as its busy here but appreciate its poise, so lovely. tfs.

Hi Pam,

I can only TUI with the white spot under the bill and not like this, so on the back view. But what makes this picture surprising. I didn' think that they got honey from the flowers. A beautiful compo. Colorful and sharp as usual. POV and BG are great.

Kind regards and tFS BOB

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